OUR INTAKE POLICIES
Tree House Humane Society is a managed admission shelter focused on supporting community cats and the registered colony caregivers that care for them. We provide scheduled admission appointments to support a vulnerable population of cats. This includes kittens, nursing moms, and sick or injured cats. As an organization whose focus is helping cats in need and allowing cats to thrive, we know that bringing every outdoor cat into the shelter may not be their best possible outcome. Feral cats are well equipped to not only survive but thrive outdoors in their community. True strays have an 18x greater chance of reuniting with their previous owner if left in their original neighborhood. By shifting our focus to working with our transfer partners and vulnerable cats in need, we have the opportunity to save animals more efficiently.
For admission outside of these circumstances, we recommend Chicago Animal Care and Control or Anti-Cruelty Society where each animal can be reunited with their owner, adopted, or transferred into another organization. In support of these facilities providing immediate admission and care, Tree House partners with Chicago Animal Care and Control to transfer cats back into our care, furthering our vision to see every cat thrive.
What to Do If You’ve Found A Cat:
In Chicago, thousands of stray cats are found every year. They may be pets that have been separated from their families, stray cats that were born on the streets, or feral cats that are part of a managed colony. If you find a cat, here are some steps you can take:
- If the cat is friendly and approachable, it may very likely be someone’s pet. Post photos of the cat on local social media groups including Lost Cats Illinois or talk with neighbors.
- Get the cat to a veterinarian to scan for a microchip. Be sure to ask for ownership verification if reunited with the owner.
- Post signs around your neighborhood and in your local community Facebook pages.
- If you are unable to locate a guardian, you can take the cat to your local animal control facility. Three of them in Chicago are:
Chicago Animal Care and Control, 2741 S. Western Avenue, Chicago, IL, 312-747-1406
Animal Welfare League, 6224 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL, 773-667-0088
- Anti-Cruelty Society, 510 N. LaSalle Dr. Chicago, IL, 312-644-8338
Tree House’s mission is to focus on stray cats. Therefore, we are a managed-admission shelter and do not accept owner surrenders.